The first full week of December has arrived and it’s chock full of fun. From holiday events and Christmas lights to opportunities to eat and shows to see, we’ve got you covered this week. Here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Seattle this week.

South Lake Union Winter Market

If you can’t make it to Urban Craft Uprising have no fear because they’re actually returning to SLU. You’ll be able to find a showcase of a couple dozen more vendors at Vorst Plaza selling their wares. It runs for two days and vendors will rotate meaning you can find new things each day.

When: December 8th & 9th
Where: 426 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA
Cost:  Free admission

Magic in the Market

Watch as the market comes alive thanks to beautiful light displays and decorations crafted to create the ultimate holiday ambiance. Folks who attend can also enjoy special shopping offers, live holiday music, photo ops, glass blowing demonstrations, and more. If you’re feeling extra cheery you can indulge in some holiday drinks & treats while you wait to take free photos with Santa.

When: Throughout the holiday season
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free/Varies

Studio Ghibli Fest

Join GKIDS and Fathom Events for the annual Studio Ghibli Fest to experience the wonder of some of the world’s most beloved animated films. You’ll be able to watch Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and My Neighbor Totoro. Don’t miss out!

When: Until December 9th
Where: Participating theaters around Seattle
Cost: $13.13

Learn how to make a holiday wreath

There’s nothing better than the fresh scent of winter greens filling your home. Store-bought wreaths are very nice but obviously pricey so why not learn to make your own? In this class, you’ll learn how to attach greens to a reusable wireframe, how to style your wreath and how to hang and care for your wreath at home.

When: December 9th
Where: The Works Seattle, 151 12th Ave
Cost: $75

King Street Makers Market

This is the ninth annual market taking place at the Seattle Art Source gallery. It’s on the smaller side but full of beautifully crafted items from local makers. You’ll find home goods, self-care products, stationery, and much more.

When: December 9th-12th
Where: 5531 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA
Cost: Free admission

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SLU After Dark

Explore 4 unique, interactive light art installations on display in South Lake Union this month. It’s a way for you to see South Lake Union in a whole new light, literally. Expect a family-friendly, outdoor experience that can be enjoyed at your leisure.

When: Until December 31st
Where: Participating parks in SLU
Cost: Free

2021 Valley Made Holiday Market

This market of local makers is happening at the Vinery at Christianson’s Nursery. The market on the 10th is 21+ while the events on December 11th & 12th are free for all ages. Get your holiday shopping done and support a wonderful selection of makers.

When: December 10th-12th
Where: 15806 Best RoadMount Vernon, WA
Cost: December 10th $20, 11th & 12th free

Pick up a Christmas tree

The Christmas tree rush is officially here folks. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Seattleites will be looking for the best places to grab a tree. From Charlie Brown trees to massive trees, these spots have you covered. Here’s where to get a Christmas tree in & around Seattle.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Go to the Nutcracker Ballet

PNB’s Nutcracker is one that you probably know well. It follows the story of a young girl as she adventures into a Christmas wonderland with her newfound friend, the nutcracker. Together they battle the evil mouse king and bring joy to all the fantastical characters they meet along the way. With PNB’s talented dancers, detailed costumes, and choreography it’s a must-watch and perfect romantic date.

When: Until December 28th
Where: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Cost: $27+ per person

The Alice – An Immersive Cocktail Experience

Guests will be able to create their own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of The Mad Hatter. They’ll also get to dive into Wonderland with a game of flamingo croquet, paint the roses red, and devour ‘Eat Me’ cake. Don’t forget to solve riddles and challenges so that you can unlock all the ingredients to create your own enchanted teapot cocktails.

When: Until December 30th
Where: 1356 E Olive Way
Cost: $40 per person

Clearly, there’s plenty to do so bundle up, get out there and have some fun. We’ll catch you back here next weekend!